Core Services

The principal benefits of being a member of an organisation is to gain the benefits of collective coherence and strength as a group of employers, to learn from, and network with each other, influence externally, and to obtain some benefits that are derived from economy of scale. Therefore the following core service activities support this collective cohesion purpose:

Collective Representation and Influencing

Representing the collective views and interests of local authorities through informal and formal two way engagement with other regions, national employers’, the LGA, other relevant national/regional bodies, and supporting elected members at NARE and its European equivalent CEEP UK. This includes responding national consultations and organising regional responses to national requirements. Examples of this activity include national pay, public health staff, pay policy requirements, statutory officer discipline changes etc.

The regional CEEP UK subscription is funded from the Employers organisation in the region. CEEP UK is the UK arm of the Public Services Employers in Europe that seeks to represent the interests of public services employer issues in the decision making of the EU. Hidden but valuable work trying to stop the EU doing things that cause problems for UK employers! The future of this of course will be reviewed in the context of Brexit.

Supporting the Employers’ Committee and HR Networks

The team facilitates the quarterly meetings of the YHEA, HR Directors and the Health & Safety Network.  We also support other virtual learning exchange networks – OD and LD, Public Health HR, Education HR etc. We only facilitate physical meetings of such networks when these are specifically required by Councils. The provision of the Employers’ Side Secretary role and services for the Regional Joint Council for Local Government Services.

Information, Intelligence Sharing and Maintaining Communications

We carry out regular research activity at the request of our member organisations and offer a web and e-mail based information source and database, including a policy library. We also deliver the regional administrator role for e-paycheck (the pay benchmarking service). We will carry out research that is related to our core role as described on this website and in our operating model.

Dispute Resolution

Provision of conciliation services on individual and collective dispute matters directly to local authorities or jointly with the Trade Unions through the role of Regional Employers’ Secretary. Also provision of employers’ side advice and support to authorities regarding any disputes or potential disputes.

Employment Advice, Information and Research on National Terms and Conditions

This is available via a telephone advice line and e-mail enquiry service for all local government terms and conditions employment groups, and those for School Teachers. This involves interpretation and application of those agreements and research regarding application and usage.

Collaborative Workforce/HR Priorities

Enabling and supporting collaborative activity on a small number of key workforce priorities when these have been identified and approved by either YHEA, Regional CE’s Group or HR Directors as being in the collective interest eg Workforce Strategy, Masterclasses, Children’s and Adults Care workforce strategy.

Senior Manager Employment Issues

Advice on employment, grievance and discipline issues regarding senior managers, this includes the facilitation of annual appraisal process for Chief Executives.

Representing the collective views and interests of local authorities through informal and formal two way engagement with other regions, national employers’, the LGA, other relevant national/regional bodies, and supporting elected members at NARE and its European equivalent CEEP UK. This includes responding national consultations and organising regional responses to national requirements. Examples of this activity include national pay, public health staff, pay policy requirements, statutory officer discipline changes etc.

The regional CEEP UK subscription is funded from the Employers organisation in the region. CEEP UK is the UK arm of the Public Services Employers in Europe that seeks to represent the interests of public services employer issues in the decision making of the EU. Hidden but valuable work trying to stop the EU doing things that cause problems for UK employers! The future of this of course will be reviewed in the context of Brexit.

Representing the collective views and interests of local authorities through informal and formal two way engagement with other regions, national employers’, the LGA, other relevant national/regional bodies, and supporting elected members at NARE and its European equivalent CEEP UK. This includes responding national consultations and organising regional responses to national requirements. Examples of this activity include national pay, public health staff, pay policy requirements, statutory officer discipline changes etc.

The regional CEEP UK subscription is funded from the Employers organisation in the region. CEEP UK is the UK arm of the Public Services Employers in Europe that seeks to represent the interests of public services employer issues in the decision making of the EU. Hidden but valuable work trying to stop the EU doing things that cause problems for UK employers! The future of this of course will be reviewed in the context of Brexit.

The team facilitates the quarterly meetings of the YHEA, HR Directors and the Health & Safety Network.  We also support other virtual learning exchange networks – OD and LD, Public Health HR, Education HR etc. We only facilitate physical meetings of such networks when these are specifically required by Councils. The provision of the Employers’ Side Secretary role and services for the Regional Joint Council for Local Government Services.

We carry out regular research activity at the request of our member organisations and offer a web and e-mail based information source and database, including a policy library. We also deliver the regional administrator role for e-paycheck (the pay benchmarking service). We will carry out research that is related to our core role as described on this website and in our operating model.

Provision of conciliation services on individual and collective dispute matters directly to local authorities or jointly with the Trade Unions through the role of Regional Employers’ Secretary. Also provision of employers’ side advice and support to authorities regarding any disputes or potential disputes.

This is available via a telephone advice line and e-mail enquiry service for all local government terms and conditions employment groups, and those for School Teachers. This involves interpretation and application of those agreements and research regarding application and usage.

Enabling and supporting collaborative activity on a small number of key workforce priorities when these have been identified and approved by either YHEA, Regional CE’s Group or HR Directors as being in the collective interest eg Workforce Strategy, Masterclasses, Children’s and Adults Care workforce strategy.

Advice on employment, grievance and discipline issues regarding senior managers, this includes the facilitation of annual appraisal process for Chief Executives.

All the Core Services described above are funded via subscriptions from member organisations.

Additional Services

We will also provide additional services above and beyond Core Services as follows:

Employment Advice, Information and Research on non-Core Issues

This is available via a telephone advice line and e-mail enquiry service as well as face to face support where needed on a range of employment matters including employment law, local terms and conditions of service, schools employment advice (other than Teachers T&C’s) and employment/HR policy. 

This service will be supported via a fee that is additional to the core subscription and would be calculated at 15% of core subscription for the relevant authority.

We also have subscriber organisations that are not core members of the employers’ organisation, they pay a separate subscription for an agreed level of service.

Events and Conferences

Where capacity and resources allow we will organise events that are income generating, Employment Law Conferences etc.

Practical Support and Consultancy

The team is available to provide ‘in-house’ advice, support and consultancy as agreed on a range of employment matters including sensitive discipline and grievance issues, mediation services, senior management pay reviews, equal pay and JE advice, executive recruitment and organisational development issues. Any ‘in-house’ support will be charged for at the appropriate daily consultancy rate.

Councillor Development

Supporting the Member Development Officer’s network to develop and deliver a collaborative approach to Councillor Development. Co-ordinate Member Development Charter assessments and acting as the regional representative for the National Charter framework for Councillor Development.

This service will only be provided where a critical mass of authorities agree they wish to support it via a small additional fee. The current position is that authorities do not see this as a priority activity for YHEA to deliver.

 

This is available via a telephone advice line and e-mail enquiry service as well as face to face support where needed on a range of employment matters including employment law, local terms and conditions of service, schools employment advice (other than Teachers T&C’s) and employment/HR policy. 

This service will be supported via a fee that is additional to the core subscription and would be calculated at 15% of core subscription for the relevant authority.

We also have subscriber organisations that are not core members of the employers’ organisation, they pay a separate subscription for an agreed level of service.

This is available via a telephone advice line and e-mail enquiry service as well as face to face support where needed on a range of employment matters including employment law, local terms and conditions of service, schools employment advice (other than Teachers T&C’s) and employment/HR policy. 

This service will be supported via a fee that is additional to the core subscription and would be calculated at 15% of core subscription for the relevant authority.

We also have subscriber organisations that are not core members of the employers’ organisation, they pay a separate subscription for an agreed level of service.

Where capacity and resources allow we will organise events that are income generating, Employment Law Conferences etc.

The team is available to provide ‘in-house’ advice, support and consultancy as agreed on a range of employment matters including sensitive discipline and grievance issues, mediation services, senior management pay reviews, equal pay and JE advice, executive recruitment and organisational development issues. Any ‘in-house’ support will be charged for at the appropriate daily consultancy rate.

Supporting the Member Development Officer’s network to develop and deliver a collaborative approach to Councillor Development. Co-ordinate Member Development Charter assessments and acting as the regional representative for the National Charter framework for Councillor Development.

This service will only be provided where a critical mass of authorities agree they wish to support it via a small additional fee. The current position is that authorities do not see this as a priority activity for YHEA to deliver.

 

Subscriptions

Under our operating model Core Employers Services are largely funded by a subscription from member authorities. When authorities were consulted on options for subscription models in Summer 2014 the option that was most favoured was one based on authority type and population. The level of subscription is determined by the association in respect of each financial year.

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